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  • Residents of Seaview Gardens and surrounding communities are to receive training in a range of skills, to be offered by St. Andrew Workforce College, which was launched today (February 18), at the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in New Kingston.
  • The college, which is to be established in Seaview Gardens, West St. Andrew, will provide competency-based training and international certification for unattached youth 17 years and older.
  • In his address at the launch, portfolio Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the college aims to offer something different from other training institutions.

Residents of Seaview Gardens and surrounding communities  are to receive training in a range of  skills, to be offered by St. Andrew Workforce College, which was launched today (February 18), at the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in New Kingston.

The college, which is to be established in Seaview Gardens, West St. Andrew, will provide competency-based training and international certification for unattached youth 17 years and older.

Persons will be trained in a variety of  areas, including mechanical maintenance, electrical installation, telecommunications, industrial security operations, warehousing and distribution, port operations, stevedoring, refrigeration and air conditioning systems maintenance, truck driving,  forklift  operations, among others.

The multi sector initiative is being implemented through the HEART Trust/NTA, the Caribbean Maritime Institute, the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce and the Ministry of Education as well as the Logistics Hub Secretariat. The project is also being supported by several private sector interests, including FLOW, Sutherland Global, Kingston Free Zone Terminal and Kingston Wharves.

Upon completion of the training programme, successful candidates will receive certification through National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J); Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ); Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC); and City and Guilds to prepare them for employment and entrepreneurship.

In his address at the launch, portfolio Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the college aims to offer something different from other training institutions.

“This college is geared at our young people who may not be able to attend traditional theory-based colleges, but who are ready to enter the workforce or are required to upgrade their skills and certification based on employers’ needs,” the Minister explained.

He added that the site for the college is a key community within the nation’s industrial and maritime belt.

“This workforce college represents a critical step in ensuring that our young people have a fighting chance in today’s competitive working environment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who brought greetings at the event, said the college is an important step in the training of a highly skilled workforce.

“This is a good day, a good matrix for the future of the nexus between industry, commerce, employment, enterprise and education,” he said.